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About Lisa Gilligan

Lisa regularly advises on all aspects of the licensing process for restaurants , late night venues, and pub companies. She has extensive experience dealing with health and safety issues and fire safety investigations.

Digital age verification – what would this mean for hospitality?

By |2024-02-21T12:58:21+01:00February 21st, 2024|

Advances in AI are accelerating at pace and impacting on so many sectors of the economy including hospitality. The Government has recently launched an 8-week consultation on whether to allow digital identities and technology to be used in the age verification of alcohol sales. What are the proposals? There are three proposed approaches for the [...]

Tackling Drink Spiking – new measures to be introduced

By |2023-12-20T12:52:10+01:00December 20th, 2023|

In a recent survey one in six students said they had been spiked at a nightlife venue. Spiking is already illegal but as part of his personal priority to tackle violence against women and girls, James Cleverly announced that spiking will be targeted by both the police and door staff in new measures that will [...]

Martyn’s Law – implications for hospitality

By |2023-06-01T11:57:06+01:00June 1st, 2023|

Martyn Hett was one of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. The new proposed Martyn’s law will require venues (including pubs, restaurants, hotels and arenas) to take steps to prevent potential terrorism. The bill is currently in draft but is likely to be finalised and introduced later this year. How will Martyn’s law [...]

Temporary Event Notices – positive news for sector

By |2022-04-20T16:51:57+01:00April 20th, 2022|

Temporary Event Notices have been used more than ever as a result of the pandemic. Putting a marquee in the garden for an event where there is more space and fresh air has helped many operators weather the Covid storm. TEN’s have always been subject to limitations, e.g, the number of people that can be [...]

Café culture extended

By |2022-03-29T16:51:54+01:00March 29th, 2022|

Spring is in the air The weather last week was great and (however short lived it was), it’s been nice to see people sitting outside again to enjoy hospitality. To coincide with the arrival of spring, the Government has released updated guidance to businesses on the rules relating to applications for pavement licences - see [...]

Reopening – Planning and Licensing provisions relaxed

By |2021-03-17T16:44:52+01:00March 17th, 2021|

Re-opening on the horizon The much awaited easing of lockdown restrictions are now at last on the horizon and with the vaccine programme moving at pace the COVID tide looks like it’s turning, which means the hospitality trade can see a much clearer path ahead. Relaxation of planning and licensing measures This was bolstered further [...]

Takeaway – A lifeline for the sector

By |2020-11-16T15:25:17+01:00November 16th, 2020|

Pubs, restaurants and cafes can offer takeaway service The temporary measures introduced in March allowed restaurants, pubs and cafes to provide a food takeaway service without having to apply for planning permission.  These measures have been extended until 23 March 2022. This extension aims to allow businesses to plan ahead and adapt to changes in [...]